What Is This Writer Up To?

I realized that for the past while, my blog has been mostly filled with reviews. I am grateful for being able to catch up with so much TV and movie watching, as well as reading. It has been very inspiring. Yet, I think it’s time I actually bring up what I have been up to on the writing front. There has been a lot of writing going on!

Photo Credit: Tyssul Patel.

Photo Credit: Tyssul Patel.

On the academic side, I have been deep in article writing. I am currently working on my third piece since end of July, and I have at least one or two more to do right after this one is done. I wrote/will be writing about the following topics:

  • Pacific Rim and Yoko Tsuno
  • Star Wars (Jedi Younglings)
  • Disney Princesses/Nala/Leia Organa
  • Vidding and pedagogy

I am still unsure of what topic I will focus on for a possible remaining call for papers I have on my to do list. I am taking things one at a time, as it always works better for me. Right now, I have four confirmed upcoming publications (3 essays and 1 book) and I am waiting on answers for 6 articles and my Scully book proposal. I hope that I will get positive answers and some of these will be published in the future! Regarding my Scully book project, I have a lengthy list of possible publishers, so that will help me submit until it gets accepted.

Then, there is the fiction side, which is a huge surprise. I haven’t dabbed into original fiction in almost a decade, save for some note takings and world building every once in a while (and not since 2010). A universe I only briefly took (many) notes for came back to me full force. I hadn’t touched it in more than four years but I have been working on it for the past ten days and it is an exhilarating feeling. I had forgotten my love for original fiction. I am outlining several short stories (as it will be the road I take) and have been doing lots of reading and research to get back into the writing craft and self publishing, since my academic writing is always published in a given journal or by a specific publisher. I am pretty excited about all of this.

I have also been toying with possible blog contributions to other websites, but this is on hold for the time being as I want to focus on finishing the articles and outlining my short stories. I hope to get something in the making this Fall!

8 thoughts on “What Is This Writer Up To?

  1. thejedilibrarian

    I’ve always wanted to write my own original story. I minuted in writing, so I’ve written several short stories that way. But I want to write longer works. I have several ideas, and two of them I actually started writing. The ones that are started are a Steampunk one and a Scifi one.

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    1. Natacha Guyot Post author

      Dabbing into short stories is something new for me. The only other times I did that was when I wrote fan fictions years ago. I wrote a novella and a novell between 2000 and 2005, but since then I never really touched original writing again, save for notes/worldbuilding on other projects. I’m looking forward to this challenge of a shorter form.

      Good luck with your own writing! Steampunk and Scifi sound great! I also thought that when I returned to original fiction, it’d be Science Fiction instead of Fantasy/Paranormal.

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      1. thejedilibrarian

        I haven’t written too much since college. I have about 20 pages for the Steampunk story, but at the time Google Docs would load on my work computer and I was so bored at the car dealership that I had to do something. But then it stopped because the computer was old and outdated, and I haven’t touched it a couple of years.

        I have a fantasy idea too, I just haven’t put much down on paper for it.

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  2. Beth Caplin

    Don’t know if you’ve already blogged about this, but curious what got you interested in self-publishing? Especially being published academically, that’s pretty awesome!

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    1. Natacha Guyot Post author

      I didn’t blog about it yet (might do this more at length in the future). I originally wrote fiction when younger but in France it was impossible to publish children and/or Science Fiction/Fantasy books because the agents didn’t take these so you couldn’t get them submitted as you had to go through them. I knew that if one day I went back to original fiction, I’d look into self-publishing, and that decision was made back in 2004-2005. I am amazed of how things have evolved on the self publishing side when I compared with all the reading I had done back then about this topic. I still have a lot more to learn and plan for these upcoming short stories and their marketing, but this also brings my media producing studies back to life.

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        1. Natacha Guyot Post author

          I might write such posts during the Fall/Winter. Trying to finish going through several things including more academic articles between August and September. I’d love to be able to submit something to the Indie Author Life series!

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